Syria: Israel sends tanks to Golan border

Assad army near Quneitra crossing

06 June, 18:33

    Tension on Golan Heights Tension on Golan Heights

    (ANSAmed) - Rome, June 6 - The Israeli army, according to International sources, has moved its tanks close to the Syrian border on the Golan Heights because of the fighting underway in the area.

    Earlier today Syrian rebels took control of the border crossing near the town of Quneitra before it was regained by forces loyal to president Bashir al Assad.

    Syrian forces are believed to be now in control of the border crossing..

    During the conflict a Philippino United Nations peacekeeper was injured.

    The UN said it had ordered its peacekeepers to reposition themselves but Austria has announced it is withdrawing its peacekeepers from the Golan Heights because of the fighting.

    Israel remains on high alert and all highways linked to the Syrian border are closed after at least four violent clashes between the parties in the past few hours.

    Israel captured part of the Golan Heights in 1967 and later annexed but it has never been internationally recognised. ( (ANSAmed).

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